Royal Caribbean passengers, including 2 minors, test positive after departing from Bahamas

6 people tested positive

FILE - In this March 14, 2020 file photo, Royal Caribbean International cruise ship docked at PortMiami in Miami. Six passengers from a Royal Caribbean cruise have tested positive after the ship docked in the Bahamas. Royal Caribbean said Friday, July 30, 2021, that four of them are adults who were all vaccinated against COVID-19, and two are minors who were not vaccinated. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File) (Brynn Anderson, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Six Royal Caribbean passengers tested positive for COVID-19 nearly one week after departing from the Bahamas.

The cruise line said Friday that the positive cases were discovered from its ship, Adventure of the Seas, during routine testing “of all guests before returning home.”

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Four of the passengers who tested positive were not in the same traveling group and three of them are symptomatic while the other has mild symptoms, according to Royal Caribbean.

The other two passengers who tested positive for the virus were in the same group and are “unvaccinated minors” with no symptoms.

“Each guest and their immediate travel parties disembarked in Freeport, The Bahamas, and separately traveled home via private transportation,” a statement from the cruise line said.

The cruise line said in order for the customers to board the ship, those 16 and older had to be fully vaccinated and test negative before boarding. Children under 16 had to have a negative test before boarding as well.

Royal Caribbean President and CEO Michael Bayley said starting Saturday through the end of August, COVID-19 testing requirements will now require all guests to provide a negative test within three days of their departure.

Bayley said in a Facebook post this requirement was already in place for children who are not eligible for the vaccine.

We have a change in our guest Covid testing policy. For the month of August, commencing July 31st through to August...

Posted by Michael Bayley on Friday, July 30, 2021

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